KINGSTON, Jamaica — The opposition People's National Party of former Prime Minister Michael Manley decisively defeated the incumbent Jamaica Labor Party in local elections marred by violence, officials said Wednesday.
Manley's party, which said during the campaign that it would call for early national elections if it won Tuesday's balloting, captured 10 of 13 parish councils, according to the electoral commission.
With 486,995 votes counted, the People's National Party garnered 278,163 votes compared to 208,832 votes for the Jamaica Labor Party of Prime Minister Edward Seaga. Of the 187 council seats at stake, Manley's party won 99 and the Labor Party 37. The vote count was continuing for the remaining 51 seats.
The councils appoint mayors, council chairmen and other local leaders across this Caribbean island.
Manley, who was prime minister from 1972 until Seaga's election in 1980, did not specifically call in his victory speech for early national elections. But he implied that he would by labeling early elections "the central issue of the campaign."